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NACS set to start work on elementary

December 18, 2018

Northwest Allen County Schools is ending 2018 with a celebration: Groundbreaking on its eighth elementary building is Wednesday, the district announced Monday.

The milestone marks about a year since the growing school system began working toward a nearly $34 million referendum, which voters approved in May.

Also Monday, the school board ensured other projects funded by the referendum are progressing: Secure entrances at Oak View and Arcola elementary schools.

The board unanimously approved administration’s request to advertise for construction bids. Northwest Allen expects bids will be awarded Feb. 25 with renovations beginning in June, said John Miller, chief operations officer.

Changes at Oak View include relocating the office, which will trade places with the media center, and creating a new classroom and larger teacher workroom, Miller said.

Arcola’s modifications aren’t as extensive. A secure entrance can be created by installing corridor doors to the existing floor plan, he said.

Substantial completion is targeted for September, Miller said.

Secure entrances are also planned for Perry Hill and Hickory Center elementary schools. The district is waiting to start those projects for budgetary purposes, Miller said.

Design work for the four security projects was completed by Moake Park Group and Barton-Coe-Vilamaa.

The elementary school improvements are part of about $3 million the referendum earmarked for districtwide safety and efficiency upgrades.

The bulk of the $33.98 million referendum supports building a school on a former soybean field along Hathaway Road between Bethel Road and Indiana 3, or Lima Road.

The school board approved the $25,744,660 construction bid from Mosaic Building Solutions last month.

Superintendent Chris Himsel : along with representatives from Mosaic Building Solutions and Barton-Coe-Vilamaa : is expected to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony. It is set for 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at 2650 Hathaway Road.

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